Today's News

  • A Galax icon, Verl Brown steps aside

    Time always wins, even over the timeless. Verl Brown has decided that for him, it’s time to let go.

  • A year after death, deputy still inspires

    A year ago, on March 9, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett died in the line of duty when his cruiser hit a tractor-trailer while responding to a call for help from his fellow officers, who were engaged in a pursuit.

    Curtis, a veteran, law enforcement and school resource officer, personal trainer and internet fitness celebrity, was beloved by the community. His funeral at Galax First Baptist Church — where his father, Sam Bartlett, is pastor — drew expressions of grief, sympathy and support for his family, friends and coworkers.

  • 2017 a dangerous year for local police

    The March 2017 crash that killed Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett was part of a dangerous trend for Twin County law enforcement in 2017.

    In case after case, suspects would flee the scene or refuse to stop, causing officers to chase them down at high speeds. In some cases, the suspects rammed police vehicles, shot at officers or got into physical altercations.

    “Sadly, it just keeps getting more dangerous every year,” said Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner. “It would be a tremendous blessing if we never had to chase anyone ever again.”

  • Ballots set for May elections

    Staff Reports

    The deadline for candidates to file for this year’s town council races has passed, and the ballots are set for the May election.

    March 6 was the deadline for candidates to turn in their paperwork to local voter registrars, and each locality has at least one challenger going up against incumbents seeking re-election.

    Incumbents C.M. Mitchell (who serves as mayor), Willie Greene (who serves as vice mayor) and John Garner are seeking re-election in Galax, joined on the ballot by newcomers Travis Haynes and Sharon Ritchie.

  • What are the 5 germiest places during flu season?

    Flu season is in full swing, and health officials say the best way to fight it is to get vaccinated.

    It takes two weeks for the shot to become effective, so in the meantime, the best protection is good hygiene.

    Frequently touched surfaces at work or school should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone is ill. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. They can infect you from six feet away.

  • Bill could lower some prescription drug costs

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – A bill aimed at helping customers pay the lowest price possible on prescription drugs is headed to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

    Identical bills have been passed by the House and Senate.

  • Public record for 3/7/18

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2017 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 3/7/18

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    What do we all have in common? Love of family. Desire to have meaningful and productive work. Freedom to pursue our goals and worship as we please. Access to an education and good healthcare. To live without fear of harm to our bodies or property. And, the support and engagement of our communities. What are we told that makes us different from one another? None of the above.

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  • Rally honors victims, calls for gun law reform

    HILLSVILLE – A group of concerned citizens gathered together Sunday to let their freedom of speech ring across Hillsville, while they marched along Main Street and U.S. 58 advocating for the reform of current firearm laws.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church led the gathering.

  • Art school honors donors at open house

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its first campus-wide open house on March 3, at the main building, the woodworking studio and the pottery studio, all located in downtown Galax.

    The event featured demonstrations, refreshments and appearances by CCSA mascot “Arty,” as well as an unveiling of donor appreciation plaques at the woodworking studio, detailing who had given funds for various aspects of the studio and leaving open slots for future donors.